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华族文化中的禁忌 Taboos in Chinese Culture

Chinese Traditions andd Taboos



Growing up in Singapore, we often hear our elders warn against taboos in Chinese culture, reminding us to uphold the Chinese traditions. These range from not wearing black during Chinese New Year, not swimming during the Lunar Ghost Month to not tapping people on the shoulders. These taboos were often featured in films and dramas back in the days, warning people of the disastrous outcomes that will follow if one were to not heed the advices. 

We would like to take a look at these Chinese traditions from the perspective of youths in today’s society. Should we blindly follow all traditions out of fear? Or should we be more flexible and think about the fundamental purpose of these traditions?

Read through our blog and download the accompanied comprehension practice to deepen your understanding. Do feel free to leave any comments or questions below if you need any help!

一、华族传统中的禁忌 Common Taboos

Have you heard of any taboos in Chinese culture? Do you know why these actions are seen as inauspicious or unwelcomed? Watch the video “Ah Boy & Friends” to find out more before writing your answers on the attached worksheet. 

思考题 Question 1


Have you heard of these taboos? Do you know the reasons behind them?



农历新年来临,小女孩阿晶邀请好友小明到家里拜年做客。然而,她单纯的善举却为母亲带来了莫大的困扰。 观看短片后,根据短片内容回答以下问题。On the day of Chinese New Year, Ah Jing, a 7-year-old girl, invites a friend over for visitation unaware of how her simple kind gesture will later cause great distress for her mom.

阅读理解练习题 Practice Questions


Q2 短片里的爷爷是个怎样的人?试举例加以说明。

Q3 在你看来,短片里的小明是个怎样的人?为什么?

Q4 阿晶不顾妈妈的反对,邀请小明留在家中一起吃饭。你认同她的做法吗?为什么?

Q5 妈妈在短片的最后做了什么决定?她为什么会这么做?

(Worksheet with sample answers is attached below)

阅读理解练习 Practice Worksheet

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